Putting myself and my illustration work out there — for more than a few seconds
Finally, the day has come. I officially have a blog! It has taken me months of what germans would call hin und her (coming and going), but finally, I’ve decided: I want all my personal thoughts to be available on the internet for the world to see!
OK, maybe not all of them, but a good amount of them.
In making my decision I pondered the reasons why I should or shouldn’t make myself even more transparent and vulnerable on the internet. I came to the conclusion that the two worst things that could happen are:
- That no one will read me.
- That a bunch of people will read me and judge me for being a terrible writer/ artist with nothing interesting or important to say.
I have imagined both scenarios playing out and decided that I don’t really care what happens. The best thing that could happen is that I write something that is useful to someone else, that I am able to connect with the people who like my work on a deeper level, and that I can even inspire you to get out and draw — or do whatever it is your heart gets pumping for!
The fast-paced nature of platforms like Instagram and Tiktok is driving me a bit mad. I yearn for an online space that is a bit more human, slower, that allows to stop and reflect, to interact for more than a few seconds and have meaningful exchanges. Reading and writing helps me stay grounded, and I wanted a space where I can put down my thoughts and share them. Also, I hope this platform will be a means by which I can practice illustrating narratives. All images I will share here are my own.
So what is my blog about?
This is a personal blog, so mostly, I will write about my experiences. I do not claim to be an authority on any of the topics I will write on. I am neither a journalist nor a teacher, and objectivity is not my goal. My goal is to share, connect and inspire through my own experience. So bear with me if I get stuff wrong, you are very welcome to disagree with me. Feel free to give me feedback, if you feel like it.
I am a commercial illustrator, meaning I illustrate for a living. A young one, still, so much of what I will write here will have to do with my journey to becoming a professional illustrator. I am at that stage in my creative career where I am still unsure where exactly I am headed, but I am extremely eager to make things, try things out, to tell stories, to observe and learn and make lots of mistakes! I want to share comics, project ideas, thumbnails, as well as general insight into my life as an illustrator in Germany.
I draw a lot. Drawing is my passion and has been for years, way before I even considered making a living from it. Drawing and illustrating are not the same thing (illustrator and teacher Tom Froese, has great posts on his blog about this!), but go hand in hand with each other. Being versatile in drawing can greatly help in illustration, animation, architecture, and many other creative fields. I believe drawing can be learned, just the way you learn to play an instrument, and hope I can give some tips as to how I came to draw as I do.
I am very interested in the moving image and anything that has to do with visual story-telling, so I will also be sharing my thoughts on learning about this too. I am very much an amateur, and the little I know has mostly been self-taught or based on observation. I want to chronicle my thoughts and struggles as I dive deeper into Animation and Film-making.
Cities and Architecture
I have a Bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban planning, and while I am not really interested in becoming an architect or planner anymore, this field is still a very big part of who I am and what I care about. So while the three topics above will be at the forefront of my blog, I could not leave this one out.
And finally, just mi vida! As a young woman in Europe, as a creative, and especially, as an immigrant.
I am an immigrant, and have been since I was nine years old. Moving around from a young age has enriched me in immeasurable ways. My paternal grandparents were immigrants, my parents are immigrants, most of my aunts, uncles and cousins are immigrants too. I grew up between Venezuela, Spain and the United States, and actually have all three nationalities. Since 2014, I have been living in Germany. I wish to write about my experiences here, about being an immigrant in general, about what identity means to me, and about languages too (I speak three!).
So, those are my topics! To sum it all up: